Chicago gets 5 casino proposals – Chicago Tribune

Despite its big tourism draw, Chicago has been viewed skeptically by the casino industry, in part because of the possible tax burden. Casinos are also facing new competition from the legalization of video gaming and sports betting in Illinois. Yet the state’s existing casinos, which also include those in Elgin and Aurora, brought in more than $120 million in total gross receipts in July — outpacing the take during the same month in 2019, pre-pandemic — and still more new casinos are planned.

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